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The Terry Farrell Firefighters Scholarship Fund Inc

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Disaster Aid, Education, Philanthropy, Scholarships, Scholarships & Student Financial Aid

Mission: we are the only fund avaialble to firefighters to assist the firefighter and family for reasons not covered during the course of employment or membership within a volunteer organization

Programs: Special grants were awarded to various fire departments throught the county. Equipment grants: requests for assistance with the purchase of fire service equipment, apparatus, protective clothing or tools may be made to the fund by fire departments on department letterhead and signed by the chief of the requesting department. The amount of each grant award is at the sole discretion of the board of directors and requires a majority of the vote eligible members. Emergency response team: the fund is staffed by firefighters and trained first responders who assist and respond to natural disasters such as floods, hurricanes and tornedos wherever they may occur. The fund has responded to hurricanes as far south as alabama and more recently had crews continually working for months during the recovery efforts of hurricane (superstorm) sandy.

special grants were made to firefighters and their families throught the country. Scholarships: are awarded to children of firefighters who attend vocational or parochial school. Upon submission of a written application detailing their parents duty status within the fire service, the age of the student, the grade entering in fall of coming school year and contact information, scholarships are awarded pursuant to a lottery drawing held at the office of the fund on the first sunday in august of each scholarship year. Scholarship amounts are made at the sole discretion of the board of directors. Medical emergency grants: in the event a firefighter or member of firefighter's family becomes ill, disabled or incapacitated, the fund, upon written request from the firefighter or firefighter's family member and supported by medical documentation, affect a financial grant to assist the requesting fire service member. Such grant amounts are the sole discretion of the board of directors and require a majority of voting members to approve.

training grants and recruitment grants: the fund assists fire departments and communities upon request with first responder and emergency training grants for those areas that do not have the financial resources to properly train their first responders. The fund also gives assistance to fire department to use for recruitment of membership within their community.

Community Stories

16 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Volunteer

Rating: 5


I've observed first hand the work that is done by this organization. No group works harder for Fire Departments, the Fire Fighter or their families. When you support the "Terry Fund" you support the entire Fire Service Community.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

a great organization helping so many. 100% all volunteer and they work really hard to help all first responders

Volunteer

Rating: 5

i work hard with this group because they work hard to help so many. And no one gets paid. Now what is better than that.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Terry Farrell Fund is an amazing non profit! They assist firefighters and their families with educational, equipment, and medical needs. Because all of their members are volunteer, almost 100% goes back into the community, assisting these individuals when it is needed most. I have been at several fundraisers for this group. I also have seen how their financial, as well as, moral support has helped firefighters who have been injured on the job. It is awesome to see the passion and heart they have for helping others in need. They give back to those who give so freely and selflessly to their communities. This is why I will continue to support the Terry Farrell Fund any way I can.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Terry Farrell Firefighter Fund is one the best non for profit fund there is. I have volunteer for this group many time over the past 4 years. They support fallen firefighters and thier familys. Nobody in this group get paid, they are a all volunteer group. The fund is definitely worth supporting.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have participated as both a volunteer and attendee of many functions of the Terry Farrell Fund. It is great to see how family and friends continue to be dedicated to such a great cause.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Terry Farrell Foundation has assisted a dear friend of mine that has Stage 4 Liver Cancer. My friend has approximately 8 months to live and it was his request to go to Ground Zero with his family before his failed. I had knowledge of this group and had a couple of contacts and we spoke. The Terry Farrell Foundation made this possible for my friend to go not only to Ground Zero but to also have a VIP tour of ground Zero with the Executive Director Lee Ieliphil giving this tour. In addition to they were able to meet the crew at Rescue 5 and had a tour of the City. This was all coordinated and arranged with 3 hours of the first point of contact. A Fundraiser is being held for my friend and these guys were the first to jump onboard with helping. This is a outstanding group of individuals and should recieve the grant to continue the efforts that they do.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I support any foundation that is out there to care for the men and women who protect us everyday and their families. This foundation has helped so many and continues to support families in need. Keeping Education available for those in need is especially important to me, Keep up the good work!

Cheryl43

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Terry Farrell Firefighters Fund is dedicated to helping families of firefighters injured or killed in the line of duty. This amazing group of people, who consist of firefighters throughout the country, selfishly give their time, energy and resources to host fundraisers and give that money back to those in need in the states they serve. Up to nine chapters and growing, the TFFFund is dedicated to keeping the memory of the late Terry Farrell alive. Terry and 342 of his firefighting brothers died at the WTC in New York. I have seen first hand how the California and Colorado chapters have brought people together for a great non-profit and and even greater mission. Long live the fund!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I was able to learn from the Terry Fund with a College Scholarship! I have done research on all the great things that the fund has done and continues to do all across the country from giving equipment to fire houses to helping families with medical needs. Always giving a helping a hand! GREAT!! They have offered a great amount of grants to students going to college and they have such a positive outlook!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Terry Farrell Fund is a non-profit organization which gives back so much to the Fire Service and the members who serve in Fire Departments, whether be it paid or volunteer. This fund was established after the tragic events of the 9/11 attacks, and it serves to help keep the legacy of a brave firefighter alive in doing what he loved to do. Terry was a member of FDNY Rescue 4 as well as an Asst. Chief of the Dix Hills Fire Dept. He was also an Ex-Chief of the Hicksville Fire Dept. The fund has done wonderful things across this nation and has several chapters in different states which help out local firefighters by collecting equipment and distributing to those in need. The members also participate in many local charities and provide scholarships to children of firefighters.
They also participate in the annual United States Marine Corps “Toys for Tots” toy drive program. Having known Terry and served under him as a member of the Hicksville Fire Dept, this is the type of person he was, a giving person. As I tried to explain to my then 7 year old daughter, right after Sept 11, “out of something bad, comes something good”.

Bob_20

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Terry Farrell Fund is an outstanding fund. Assisting the extended family of firefighters and departments throughout the country is their main goal. This is accomplished thru scholarships and the donation of equipment to fire departments throughout the country that need assistance. Most amazing is that this is accomplished with less than 5% of the funds raised going to operating expenses. That in itself speaks for the organization. Anyone that has the opportunity to help such a great fund should consider the Terry Farrell Fund.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This group started for a firefighter that perished during the 9-11 terrorist assault on the World Trade Centers. They don't ask for money, but will accept donations. Their function is to assist all firefighters, fire departments, and EMS in need of equipment, supplies and gear. They accept donations from departments, corporations, etc that have excess gear, equipment, etc and turn the donations around (clean, rehab, rebuild) and give them to organizations in need. It is run entirely by volunteers. The group tries to fulfill every request they get. It has given out scholarships, vehicles, gear, hose, turnouts, etc to help all firefighters do their job to keep the public safe. This organization fills a void no one else has tried to fill.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Terry Farrell Fund is a great help to all firefighters and ems personal. They are always there to help anyone in need. They give out scholarships to help students with paying for school. They also have a surplus program that helps fire departments in need of gear and equipment. I have seen them donate gear, equipment, and vehicles to needy fire departments and they are always willing to help.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

We are all familiar with 9/11. And we all know that there are numerous charities that sprung from the ashes of the WTC. But what you do not know is that this one, The Terry Farrell Firefighters Fund is the best of all. It has no paid staff, and virtually all of the overhead costs are donated by volunteers. This is a TRUE charitable organization. The money donated goes to help current firefighters and their families in time of need. They cover the gambit from educational assistance to healthcare. THEY ARE THE BEST!! I do not recommend many charities but this is one I can without hesitation. Thank You.

2 Mike38

Volunteer

Rating: 5

In September 2011 I first meet Tim Lohan of the Terry Farrell Fund Pennsylvania Chapter at the PA State Fireman's Convention. After myself and Andrew Carlin talked to Tim for several minutes we began to realize that the apparatus we had been trying to sell for several years would fit perfectly into the Terry Farrell Funds program. Within two weeks we got a response from Tim for a company in need of a apparatus in Montevello, Alabama. In January 2012 we had a dedication ceremony to present the members of the Dry Valley Fire Dept with our 1990 Ford E-One Rescue Pumper. Myself and Andrew made the 20 hour drive down to Alabama to see our donated apparatus reach it's new home. During this trip we had the honor of escorting the piece of steel that was removed from Terry Farrell's body in the South Tower Lobby. When we arrived in Montevello we received a welcome like no other. We were a part of the ceremony to bring the piece of steel to Alabama. We meet Spruce McRee of the Alabama Chapter. This trip alone was a life changing experience for me. Not only to be involved with a something so symbolic to Terry Farrell and the South Tower steel, But to see the gratitude of the Dry Valley Fire Dept and knowing that we have changed their lives as much as they have changed ours. And to top off our experience our fire company was presented with a piece of steel from the North Tower by Brain Farrell. I am truly humbled and honored to have meet you and helped your organization. - Michael Maxwell, Captain, Washington Fire Co., Conshohocken, Pa